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  • Startling implications of a Jihadi letter

    11/09/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 379+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 09, 2007 | Ray Robison
    New light is being shed on the 2001 anthrax attacks in a fascinating open letter to Ayman al Zawahiri of al Qaeda, written by a jihadi living in London. Numan Bin Uthman, a former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, provides yet more evidence that the global Islamic jihad movement is losing its resolve.  But the letter contains a startling admission. Uthman tells us of a conversation he had with al Qaeda leaders before the 9/11 attacks in which he urged them not to use WMD. From AKI News: Uthman also said that he had taken part in...
  • Britain - and Prince Harry - are failing in Afghanistan, says warlord

    01/01/2013 8:49:35 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Jan 2013 | Peter Oborne,
    One of Afghanistan's most feared and wanted warlords has warned that the country could collapse into a murderous civil war after the withdrawal of Nato troops next year. [snip] "The British prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk. He wants to hunt down Mujaheddin with his helicopter rockets without any shame.But he does not understand this simple fact that the hunting of Afghan lions and eagles is not that easy! Jackals cannot hunt lions. During the Mujaheddin attack on the American base the Prince saw that he was the one about to be hunted and...
  • Suicide bomber in Afghan capital kills at least 9

    09/18/2012 12:49:37 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 18, 2012
    <p>A spokesman for an Afghan militant Islamist group says members carried out a suicide attack near Kabul airport that killed at least nine people in reprisal for an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.</p> <p>Haroon Zarghhon claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack near Kabul airport in an email to The Associated Press. He said the attack was carried out by a 22-year-old woman named Fatima.</p>
  • Missouri Muslim Charity Director Pleads Guilty

    06/30/2010 12:41:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    SNIPPET: "On Friday, Mubarak Hamed, the former director of the now defunct Islamic American Relief Agency-USA (IARA) based in Columbia, Missouri, pled guilty to three counts of a federal indictment charging that he illegally sent more than a million dollars to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions, conspiracy, and tax violations. Federal agents raided IARA's offices in 2004, seized its assets, and said it was part of a global network of similar Islamic charities that supported terrorist organizations. As part of his plea agreement, Hamed admitted the U.S.-based charity was part of this international network, with the IARA branch based...
  • NATO says kills 100 fighters in huge Afghan battle

    10/06/2009 9:10:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,072+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/6/09 | Peter Graff
    KABUL (Reuters) – NATO forces said Tuesday they had killed more that 100 fighters in a huge weekend battle in eastern Afghanistan in which eight Americans died, the deadliest firefight for U.S. troops in more than a year. The revised enemy death toll gives an idea of the scale of the battle, one of the biggest of the eight-year-old war, in which hundreds of fighters armed with machine guns, rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attempted to storm remote outposts. "A more detailed battlefield assessment following the October 3 attack in Nuristan has determined that enemy forces suffered more than 100 dead...
  • Over 100 Taliban killed in weekend clash: NATO

    10/06/2009 9:10:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 655+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/6/09 | AFP
    KABUL (AFP) – Over 100 Taliban fighters were killed in a weekend clash that left eight US soldiers dead, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Tuesday. "A more detailed battlefield assessment following the October 3 attack in Nuristan has determined that enemy forces suffered more than 100 dead during the well-coordinated defence -- significantly higher losses than originally thought," a statement said. Hundreds of militant fighters on Saturday swept down a remote hillside at dawn near the mountainous border with Pakistan to attack two Afghan army and NATO outposts. The resulting firefight lasted into the night and prompted US...
  • Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina

    07/27/2009 2:29:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 85 replies · 3,029+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina RALEIGH, NC—Seven individuals have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad, David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division; George E.B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina; and Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Charlotte Field Division, announced today. On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a sealed seven-count indictment against the...
  • When You Sleep With...

    05/13/2009 2:20:26 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 303+ views
    THREATS WATCH.org ^ | May 11, 2009 at 1:45 PM | By Jay Fraser
    SNIPPET: "Against the backdrop of the replacement of top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan with Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal by Defense Secretary Gates, as well as the recognition that Pakistan teeters, there is the stark pronouncement by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that he plans to power share with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a warlord who is on the U.S. "most wanted terrorist" list." SNIPPET: "One thing however seems certain, "when you sleep with dogs, you could get fleas." Then again, maybe its sort of a "life insurance policy.""
  • Karzai Set to Deal With Warlord Hekmatyar

    05/10/2009 10:24:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 403+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/10/09
    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai will negotiate to share power with notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, The Sunday Times of London reported. Without naming sources, the newspaper said Karzai, who is facing reelection this summer, will hold talks with the anti-American hardliner in the coming weeks in a bid to co-opt a main rival and bring his group, Hezb-i-Islami, into the government. The Sunday Times reported Hezb-i-Islami will be offered several government ministries and provincial governorships in exchange for laying down its arms. Hezb-i-Islami is regarded by the United States as a terrorist group and has been blamed for many attacks in...
  • Holbrooke reaches out to Hekmatyar

    04/12/2009 3:51:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 297+ views
    atimes.com ^ | April 10, 2009
    The recent meeting between a deputy of Richard Holbrooke, the United States special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and an emissary of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), is by all accounts a landmark move in the United States' stated aim of involving militant groups in ending the conflict in Afghanistan. The choice of Hekmatyar also indicates just how desperate the US is in finding an escape route from the escalating crisis in Afghanistan. Hekmatyar is a declared terrorist with a reported $25 million price on his head. The 61-year-old engineer from Kunduz province and his anti-government fighters are...
  • Afghanistan - Hekmatyar claims responsibility for attack on French troops

    09/29/2008 12:11:11 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 372+ views
    AFP via translation | September 29, 2008
    Afghanistan: A warlord Hekmatyar claimed the ambush against the French KABUL - The Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claimed responsibility for the ambush in which ten French soldiers were killed near Kabul on August 18 and acknowledged the death of ten of its own fighters in this battle, in a video received Monday by a private news agency Afghan. The attack had previously been claimed by the Taliban, which form a separate group Hezb-e-Islami (Islamic party, HIG) to Hekmatyar. On 18 August, a French patrol fell into an ambush mounted by 140 to 170 well-armed insurgents in the valley Uzbeen...
  • Afghan, U.S. Forces Capture Militants in Nuristan Province Raid

    04/07/2008 4:42:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 121+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 7, 2008 – Afghan and coalition security forces operating in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province cleared Kendal and Shok villages of insurgents and captured several suspects yesterday, military officials reported, while coalition troops and Afghan police seized two militants in operations in Khowst province. The combined Afghan-U.S. force repelled the attack with accurate small-arms fire and crew-served weapons. During the long battle, the insurgents reinforced their positions in several compounds with large groups of fighters. Close-air support was called upon to dislodge the heavily armed insurgents from their reinforced defensive positions. After neutralizing the threat, the combined force detained numerous...
  • MO: (FED) Grand Jury Issues New Charges Against Islamic Charity; Charges Ex-Congressman

    01/16/2008 1:13:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 485+ views
    missourinet ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 1:19 PM | Bob Priddy
     A federal grand jury in Kansas City has issued a new indictment against an Islamic charity based in Columbia---and has added a former Michigan congressman to the list of people indicted.The new indictment accuses the Islamic American Relief Agency and several former officers of of engaging in prohibited financial transactions for the benefit of a terrorist. The indictment charges former Michigan Congressman Mark Deli Siljander with money laundering, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.Federal officials say the charity sent money to Pakistan to benefit a man designated by the United States as a global terrorist. The prosecutor says the man had...
  • Ex-Lawmaker Charged in Terror Conspiracy (Former U.S. congressman)

    01/16/2008 12:11:59 PM PST · by varina davis · 116 replies · 299+ views
    ap wire ^ | Jan. 16, 2008 | ap
    Ex-Lawmaker Charged in Terror Conspiracy Jan 16 02:42 PM US/Eastern By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer 19 Comments WASHINGTON (AP) - A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan. The former Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to...
  • Former congressman charged in conspiracy involving terror fundraising ring (Mark Deli Siljander)

    01/16/2008 11:50:20 AM PST · by james500 · 114 replies · 1,667+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | January 16, 2008 - 1:42 PM
    A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
  • Former Michigan congressman Siljander indicted

    01/16/2008 4:37:53 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies · 293+ views
    Michigan Live.com ^ | January 16, 2008
    Former Michigan congressman Siljander indicted by Gazette Staff and News Service Reports Wednesday January 16, 2008, 4:41 PM Gazette fileFormer U.S. Rep. Mark Deli Siljander A former Kalamazoo-area congressman was indicted Wednesday for his part in an alleged terrorist fundraising ring that is accused of sending more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan. Mark Siljander, a former Three Rivers resident who represented southwestern Michigan from 1981-87, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He allegedly lied about lobbying senators...
  • Afghanistan - Deadliest suicide attack kills dozens in Baghlan, VIP's among the dead

    11/06/2007 9:38:52 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 128+ views
    Afgha.com ^ | November 6, 2007
    The deadliest suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan’s history killed over 30 people and wounded well over 100 in the peaceful northern province of Baghlan. VIP’s, including a Parliamentary Financial Committee, were visiting a sugar factory in New Baghlan, close to the larger Pul-i-Kumri city, when the blast occurred. At this hour, the city is still in the throws of carnage and chaos. The body count has fluctuated widely since the attack occurred early this morning and local officials say it may take days to pick through the burnt bodies and rubble before an accurate number is acquired. Sayed Mustafa...
  • AFGHAN REBEL LEADER HEKMATYAR SAYS ENDS INSURGENCY -STATEMENT

    07/18/2007 11:45:09 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 58 replies · 1,731+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | July 19, 2007
    AFGHAN REBEL LEADER HEKMATYAR SAYS ENDS INSURGENCY -STATEMENT
  • Afghanistan - Afghan warlord says Bin Laden alive (Gulbuddin Hekmatyar)

    05/13/2007 10:39:20 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 1,297+ views
    Excerpt - DUBAI (AFP) - Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still alive but keeping a low is still alive but keeping a low profile, notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a video released on Arab television. "According to my information I think that Osama is still alive," Hekmatyar said in the video broadcast by Al-Arabiya television late Sunday. He said Bin Laden, wanted by the United States over the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington, would be better off "not multiplying his appearances in the media or in publishing statements and videos." Hekmatyar earlier this...
  • Afghan insurgency here for long time (Gulbuddin Hekmatyar)

    05/07/2007 5:35:30 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 2 replies · 449+ views
    Gulf Times ^ | 5-7-07
    KABUL: Afghanistan’s insurgency is cheap to fund and the fighters behind it are committed, so it could continue “for a long time” without foreign support, fugitive rebel leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has said. Roadside bombs, which Taliban and other insurgents use regularly to deadly effect, cost $100 a time, the former prime minister said in a recorded DVD response to questions that was delivered this week. This is much less expensive than the billion of dollars spent by international troops conducting counter-insurgency operations. “The Americans know that a roadside bomb against one of their convoys would cost only $100,” said Hekmatyar,...
  • Afghanistan - Former Afghan PM shot dead in Kabul

    05/02/2007 6:50:58 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 311+ views
    Excerpt - KABUL, Afghanistan - A lawmaker who briefly served as prime minister during Afghanistan's civil war was shot and killed outside him home in Kabul on Wednesday. Abdul Saboor Farid, a member of Afghanistan's upper house of parliament, was prime minister for one month in 1992 when the country plunged into a bitter civil war following the defeat of the Soviet army by the U.S.-backed mujahedeen fighters. He was killed outside his house in northern Kabul, said Gen. Zulmay Khan, Kabul province's deputy police chief. ~ snip ~
  • Exclusive: Warlord splits with Taliban (Gulbuddin Hekmatyar)

    03/08/2007 6:30:11 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 1,004+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | March 8, 2007 | Zarar Khan
    Excerpt - KARACHI, Pakistan - Fugitive Afghan rebel leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar told The Associated Press his forces have ended cooperation with the Taliban and suggested that he was open to talks with embattled President Hamid Karzai. In a video response to questions submitted by AP, Hekmatyar also recounted how U.S. forces nearly caught him on two occasions but he got away. Hekmatyar, speaking in front of a plain white wall at an undisclosed location, indicated that his group contacted Taliban leaders some time in 2003 and agreed to wage a joint jihad, or holy war, against American troops. "The jihad...
  • Afghan Warlord Says He Helped Bin Laden Escape Tora Bora

    01/12/2007 9:13:58 PM PST · by do the dhue · 29 replies · 1,157+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, January 11, 2007 | Associated Press
    Afghan Warlord Says He Helped Bin Laden Escape Tora Bora Thursday, January 11, 2007 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a television interview broadcast Thursday that his fighters helped Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden escape intense U.S. bombing in the Tora Bora mountains in 2001. Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister and leader of the Hezb-e-Islami militant group, told Pakistan's private Geo TV network that when the United States began its assault on the rugged Afghan mountains five years ago, some of his fighters moved bin Laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and other associates to...
  • Afghan warlord: insurgents helped Democrats win U.S. mid-term elections (Gulbuddin Hekmatyar)

    12/12/2006 12:22:35 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 38 replies · 1,790+ views
    AP ^ | December 12 2006 | FISNIK ABRASHI
    Pakistan (AP) - In a rare video message, Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claims that American troops will be forced out of Afghanistan like the Soviets before them. The leader of the Hezb-e-Islami militant group also touts the Republican Party defeat in last month's U.S. midterm elections as a victory for militants fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. "It seems that every bullet that mujahedeen had fired toward the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan has turned into a vote against Bush," Hekmatyar said in the undated video statement received by Associated Press Television in Pakistan. "There is no doubt that is...
  • Bin Laden 'alive, in Afghanistan'

    09/27/2006 6:55:34 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 79 replies · 2,335+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 28 September 2006
    AL-QAEDA leader Osama bin Laden, reported last week to have died, is alive and hiding in Afghanistan, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview published in The Times today. "It's not a hunch,'' Musharraf said. Afghanistan's eastern "Kunar province borders on Bajaur Agency. We know there are some pockets of al-Qaida in Bajaur Agency. We have set a good intelligence organisation. We have moved some army elements. We did strike them twice there. We located and killed a number of them there.'' Pakistan's military ruler also suggested links between bin Laden and Afghan warlord and former Afghan prime minister...
  • Biography: Ahmad Shah Massoud

    09/11/2006 10:39:32 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 50 replies · 3,423+ views
    Afgha.com ^ | September 12, 2006 | Farzana
    Ahmed Shah Masood (c. 1953–September 9, 2001) (variant transliterations include Ahmad, Massoud, etc.) was a Kabul University engineering student turned Afghan military leader who played a leading role in driving the Soviet army out of Afghanistan, earning him the nickname Lion of Panjshir. Various transliterations include: Ahmad / Ahmed / Akhmad / Achmad, Shah / Schah / Chah, Massoud / Massud / Massood / Mas’ud. Ahmad Shah Massoud was born 10.06.1332 (01.09.1953)[2] in Jangalak[3]/ Panjsher[5]as son of police commander Dost Mohammad Khan. At the age of five, he started grammar school at Bazarak and stayed there until second grade....
  • Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Reported Captured

    09/11/2006 6:39:50 PM PDT · by No Truce With Kings · 182 replies · 8,203+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | September 11, 2006 | Bill Roggio
    Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Reported Captured The commander of Hezb-i-Islami and al-Qaeda ally detained during a raid in eastern Afghanistan On the day of the fifth anniversary of the 9-11 attack, Coalition forces score a high value target in Afghanistan. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the commander of Hezb-i-Islami and ally of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, has been captured during a joint U.S. and Afghan Army raid in “eastern Afghanistan.” Hekmatyar, contrary to his rhetoric gave up to the Coalition forces without a fight. Hekmatyar's arrest is said to be part of an 'ongoing operation.' Hekmatyar has been designated by the U.S. Department of State...
  • Afghan Militant Pledges Support To Bin Laden

    05/04/2006 8:20:58 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 349+ views
    AP ^ | May 4 2006
    An Afghan warlord wanted by the United States said in a videotape broadcast Thursday that he and his followers want to support Osama bin Laden in battle. "We hope to participate with them in a battle that they lead. They hold the banner and we stand alongside them as supporters," Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in the tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera satellite network. The tape appeared less than two weeks after top Islamist militants, including bin Laden, issued messages in quick succession. Bin Laden, his No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri and the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, weighed...
  • Afghanistan - Hekmatyar wants to fight under the command of Bin Laden

    05/04/2006 6:48:45 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 341+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | May 4, 2006
    Hekmatyar wants to fight under the command of Ben Laden - the islamist leader Afghan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar stated to want to fight under the command of the chief of terrorist organization Al-Qaïda Usama Bin Laden and his right arm Aymane Zawahiri, in a video recording diffused Thursday by the chain qatariote Al-Jazira. "We hope to take part in a battle that they would lead and of which they would carry the standard, and in which we would line up on their side as partisans", Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in its message pronounced in Arabic declared. Former Afghan Prime Minister and declared...
  • The 'enemy central' province in Afghanistan (Gulbuddin Hekmatyar)

    01/04/2006 4:31:16 PM PST · by SevenMinusOne · 221+ views
    The New Nation (Bangladesh Independent) ^ | 12-22-05 | By Andrew North And Bilal Sarwary
    The 'enemy central' province in Afghanistan By Andrew North And Bilal Sarwary Thu, 22 Dec 2005, 09:32:00 KABUL and KUNAR, Afghanistan -- As the US military's battle to subdue the Taleban and other rebel groups in Afghanistan moves into its fifth year, one eastern province bordering Pakistan has increasingly become a symbol of its difficulties. Despite several major American offensives in Kunar over the past year, the militants keep re-grouping - many of them foreign fighters with al-Qaeda backing. The trouble it has had in this area has led US forces to use psychological operations, or 'psy-ops' tactics, that one...
  • Ex-Taliban commander gunned down in Afghan capital

    08/20/2005 12:25:12 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 341+ views
    Reuters | August 20, 2005
    KABUL, Aug 20 (Reuters) - A former Taliban commander now loyal to the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai has been gunned down in the capital, officials said on Saturday. Karim Qarabaghi and his nephew were killed in their car by a hail of bullets fired from a passing four wheel drive vehicle in a northern suburb of Kabul on Friday, they said. Before joining the Taliban from 1996 to 2001, Qarabaghi served as a commander for ex-Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who like the Taliban remnants is leading an insurgency against the government and foreign forces. After the Taliban's...
  • Afghanistan - U.S. officials reveal details of downing of helicopter and missing Navy SEALs

    07/06/2005 10:31:14 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 1,596+ views
    Associated Press | July 7, 2005
    The last radio contact was an urgent appeal for help. Night was falling, a rainstorm threatening, and four U.S. Navy SEAL commandos were surrounded by about a dozen militants in rugged, wooded mountains. They needed reinforcements. That hurried call set in motion a chain of events that would lead to the U.S. military's deadliest blow in Afghanistan, and the greatest loss of life ever for the elite force of SEALs. Nine days after the ambush and subsequent downing of a U.S. special forces helicopter with 16 troops aboard, U.S military officials in Kabul and Washington are starting to draw...
  • Afghanistan - Mullah Omar and Hekmatyar not excluded from a possible amnesty

    05/09/2005 12:30:36 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 327+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | May 9, 2005
    Mollah Omar and Hekmatyar not excluded from a possible amnesty KABUL - the former leader of the talibans, mollah Mohammad Omar, and the former Prime Minister and chief of war Gulbuddin Hekmatyar are not excluded from the process of national reconciliation, indicated to Monday to AFP the chief of the Afghan commission of reconciliation, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi. "the amnesty includes these two people, who can nothing only make as individuals when everyone around them goes", Mr. Mojaddedi answered concerning mollah Omar and of Hekmatyar, sought by the Americans for "terrorism". The proposal for an amnesty also includes the Afghan prisoners...
  • Ahmad Shah Massood (1953- September 9, 2001)

    09/09/2004 11:51:32 AM PDT · by Shermy · 8 replies · 1,736+ views
    Afgha.com ^ | September 9, 2004 | Sunil Sainis/Laxman Bahroo
    War brutalizes man, every afghan bears living testimony to this. If the landscape of Afghanistan bears the craters of the endless war, the political and military leadership in Afghanistan also carries war's indelible scars. It is important never to lose sight of this. Ahmed Shah Mas'ud was born to an army family in 1953 in the Panjshir Valley north of the Afghan capital Kabul. His father was a colonel in the Afghan Army and enrolled his son at Kabul's Lycee Istiqlal High School. Upon graduation Mas'ud joined Kabul's Polytechnic Institute. In 1973 King Zahir Shah was deposed and exiled by...
  • Afghan warlord 'had human dog to bite victims'

    10/08/2004 6:04:54 PM PDT · by aculeus · 17 replies · 1,285+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | October 9, 2004 | Sue Clough, Courts Correspondent
    An Afghan warlord who settled in Britain kept a human dog to bite his victims and waged a campaign of kidnap and torture against civilians, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. Faraydi Zardad, a veteran fighter against the Russians and the Taliban, was the commander of soldiers manning checkpoints on the Jalalabad road, the vital supply route between Kabul and Peshawar. He had complete authority in the area between 1992 and 1996 and "had a fearsome reputation for being cruel and merciless", the court was told. In the first prosecution of its kind Zardad, 41, who was arrested while living...
  • U.N. asked to punish two Saudi activists

    12/21/2004 6:16:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 698+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/21/04 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to impose sanctions on British-based Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih for allegedly providing financial and material support to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. The United States and Saudi Arabia also asked the council to impose sanctions on Saudi businessman Adel Abdul Jalil Batterjee, who was instrumental in founding the Benevolence International Foundation, an Islamic charity that the United States has previously deemed a global terrorist group. Council diplomats said the two names were circulated among the 15 Security Council members on Tuesday. If...
  • Afghan warlord calls for 'jihad' against US

    11/21/2004 9:16:30 AM PST · by Ginifer · 29 replies · 1,851+ views
    www.hindustantimes.com ^ | November 21, 2004 | Agence France Presse
    Warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is wanted by Washington for terrorism, has distributed a video recording in southern Afghanistan, urging Afghans to wage jihad against America. In the 22-minute speech on a recording filled with graphic images of carnage and violence against Muslims in Indonesia, Palestine, Iraq and elsewhere, Hekmatyar makes a passionate call for holy war. "War in Afghanistan and Iraq is the second crusade war but the only difference is in the first crusade Italy was leading the war and this time it is America," Hekmatyar says on the CD. The video produced by the Abdullah Islamic and Jihadi...
  • 10 Arrested in Afghan Killing of Chinese(Gulbuddin Hekmatyar involved)

    06/14/2004 2:01:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 552+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 06/13/04 | AMIR SHAH
    10 Arrested in Afghan Killing of Chinese AMIR SHAH Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan - Authorities have arrested 10 people in connection with the killing of 11 Chinese workers and found evidence that a warlord wanted by the U.S. military was behind the bloody attack, Afghan officials said Sunday. A $10,000 reward was also offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the worst attack on foreign civilians since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Six people were arrested Sunday in Kunduz province, some 150 miles north of the capital, Kabul, and four were earlier detained in...
  • Afghan police arrest eight suspects linked to renegade warlord, al-Qaeda

    04/19/2004 9:35:14 AM PDT · by Coop · 7 replies · 83+ views
    USA Today ^ | 4/19/04 | Unknown (AP)
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police and international peacekeepers raided a compound Monday in Kabul and arrested eight men with suspected links to al-Qaeda and a group loyal to a banned Afghan warlord, a spokesman said. Among those detained was one man believed to be a senior member of renegade warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-e-Islami group, said Cmdr. Chris Henderson. Henderson would not reveal the names or nationalities of any suspects but said authorities had seized weapons, explosives and documents that showed the suspects had links to both groups.
  • Canadian Soldiers Help to Capture Terrorism Suspect

    04/14/2004 7:25:24 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 10 replies · 172+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | April 14, 2004 | Paul Koring, Canwest
    Canadian Soldiers Help to Capture Terrorism Suspect By PAUL KORING UPDATED AT 10:15 AM EDT Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2004 KABUL -- A high-ranking terrorism suspect has been captured in a late-night raid by a heavily armed joint Afghan-Canadian team, North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials said yesterday in Kabul. "The arrested person was a suspected senior member of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin" and "posed an imminent threat to NATO," said Commander Chris Henderson, a spokesman for the 6,000-strong NATO force deployed in and around Kabul. He would not name the suspect. More than 100 heavily armed Canadian soldiers in armoured vehicles supported Afghan...
  • Fugitive warlord urges Afghan uprising [calls for an uprising in a "competitive spirit" with Iraq]

    04/11/2004 10:37:54 PM PDT · by yonif · 14 replies · 120+ views
    News Observer ^ | April 12, 2004 | AP
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of America's most-wanted men, has urged his compatriots to rise up against the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan. In a statement obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday, Hekmatyar calls for an Afghan uprising in a competitive spirit with Iraq. He welcomed the uprising by supporters of the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who have been battling U.S. forces in Iraq. Afghans "like Iraqi mujahedeen, will choose the way of uprising against the occupiers," said the Pashtu-language statement, translated by the AP. Hekmatyar heads Hezb-e-Islami, an Islamic guerrilla faction that fought invading Soviet...
  • Militants attack U.S. base in Afghanistan

    03/10/2004 9:04:27 AM PST · by Cap Huff · 21 replies · 193+ views
    AP via Usa Today ^ | 10 March 2004 | Unknown
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants attacked a remote U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan with rockets and heavy machine-guns, sparking a battle that killed a bystander, the military said Wednesday. The main American base in the south also came under rocket assault.</p>
  • How Saudi wealth fueled holy war:

    02/22/2004 6:37:58 AM PST · by sarcasm · 2 replies · 157+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 22, 2004 | Sam Roe, Laurie Cohen and Stephen Franklin
    JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Muslim forces were gathering near a small town in Bosnia, and commanders were moving fighters to the front. The man in charge wanted the very best soldiers available, so he handpicked six of his favorites and ordered them to the area immediately. The mission was indisputably military, but the man calling the shots was not a captain with the army or a general back at command headquarters. He was the person helping finance the battle: Adel Batterjee, a wealthy Saudi businessman aiding the operation 2,000 miles away from his home in Saudi Arabia. This was not...
  • BIN LADEN 'IN AFGAHANISTAN'

    01/31/2004 4:16:30 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 20 replies · 282+ views
    Sky News ^ | 1-31-2004
    BIN LADEN 'IN AFGAHANISTAN' Osama bin Lada is alive and living in Afghanistan, according to the country's president Hamid Karzai. It is not known where the al Qaeda is hiding out, but previous reports have put him on the tribal borders with Pakistan. Mr Karzai said that was accurate. His remarks come as Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, a main ally of bin Laden, vowed to continue a holy war against the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan. The US military in Afghanistan said this week it was confident of capturing bin Laden this year as well as Mullah Omar and...
  • Afghan warlord urges holy war on US [Gulbuddin Hekmatyar]

    12/10/2003 12:00:04 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 250+ views
    Associated Press | December 10, 2003
    IN a video recording released today, renegade Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar urged Afghanistan's people to join a jihad, or holy war, against the US-led coalition and to drive "the occupying infidel forces" out of the country. The compact disc, containing a 22-minute speech by Hekmatyar, appeared to be authentic and recently made, since it mentioned current events such as US President George W Bush's visit to Iraq last month and last month's political unrest in Georgia, the former Soviet state. Wearing a simple wool hat and a black jacket, and sitting in front of a gray background in an...
  • SEARCH FOR OSAMAReport: Iranianshiding bin Laden

    11/21/2003 6:34:44 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 6 replies · 249+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 21, 2003 | WorldNetDaily.com
    Citing an "unimpeachable source," Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are in Iran, according to a Fox News analyst. Al-Zawahiri was seen within the last two weeks, and bin Laden was spotted in July, says the network's foreign affairs analyst Mansoor Ijaz. The report dovetails with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's announcement last summer that he had sent his own army into the northern tribal areas near the border with Iran to ferret out bin Laden. "That was an extraordinary admission at the time, one that I could not understand how he could make if bin Laden, in...
  • Afghan Minister: Al Qaeda Opens Second Front

    11/07/2003 7:57:59 AM PST · by TexKat · 5 replies · 114+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/07/03 | Mike Collett-White
    KABUL (Reuters) - The al Qaeda network has stepped up activity along the Afghan-Pakistan border, opening a "second front" to divert U.S. military resources and attention from Iraq, Afghanistan 's interior minister said Friday. Ali Ahmad Jalali said some recent attacks on U.S. forces, especially in the east of the country, had been carried out by foreign al Qaeda fighters, as opposed to native Taliban militia. Militants killed in clashes on the Afghan and Pakistan sides of the border in recent weeks included Arabs, Chechens, Uzbeks and Pakistanis, a sign they were from the network of Saudi-born dissident Osama bin...
  • Dispelling the CIA-Bin Laden Myth

    09/23/2003 10:59:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 54 replies · 1,031+ views
    FOX ^ | September 24, 2003 | Richard Miniter
    <p>Two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, no memorial service, cable-news talkfest or university seminar seemed to have been complete without someone emerging from the woodwork to wonder darkly why the CIA ever financed Usama bin Laden "in the first place."</p>
  • Report: Osama bin Laden gets busy to destroy America from the bottom of his cave

    09/18/2003 2:16:35 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 36 replies · 207+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation ^ | September 17, 2003 | Habib Trabelsi
    Ben Laden gets busy to destroy America of the bottom of his cave (media) Oussama Ben Laden, the head of Al-Qaïda gets busy to destroy America since a cave tranformée in HQ from where it gives orders to his partisans everywhere in the world, including in the United States, to believe for it a person in charge for the terrorist network quoted in the Arab press. "Al-Qaïda is everywhere and forces some in the whole world. Ben Laden directs it since a cave, this same cave from where the orders had left to destroy the citadel of the Pentagon...
  • Beware the Maulana! (Pakistan, Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman)

    07/23/2003 5:50:58 AM PDT · by Stultis · 5 replies · 437+ views
    rediff.com (India) ^ | 23 July 2003 | B Raman
    Beware the Maulana! B Raman | | July 23, 2003 | 13:43 IST Controversial Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman's high-profile visit to India and the attention accorded to him in governmental and non-governmental circles in New Delhi are being viewed by many India-watchers in the US with bewilderment and concern.Rahman is a fundamentalist with a difference, known for his proximity to Benazir Bhutto and her Pakistan People's Party. Despite his fundamentalist orientation, he supported her right to become prime minister and opposed the Jamaat-e-Islami campaign in the 1990s against a woman heading the government of an Islamic country.Benazir rewarded...